By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Middle School Jr. Hornettes volleyball team started off slow this season with two straight losses but rebounded to take second place in the Winning For The Weihes Tournament which was held at Trinity Hoyleton.
The Jr. Hornettes got the season underway with back to back losses against Woodlawn and Sparta. In their first game on February 9, Nashville fell just short in the first game as Woodlawn won 26-24. Nashville would go on to drop the second game 25-12.
The Jr. Hornettes were back in action on February 11 as they took on Sparta. Again the Jr. Hornettes were not able to win a game as Sparta took both games, 25-9 and 25-13. The Jr. Hornettes got their first win of the season February 16 as they took on Pinckneyville. The Hornettes won both games by a score of 25-21. In the match, Nashville was led by Destyn Hausner who finished with seven kills. Elise Spencer, Madison Schuette, and Raqui Elliott each had two kills each in the win.
Nashville was back in action February 18, as they traveled to Trico. A close contest, saw the Jr. Hornettes take the match, winning both games 25-23 and 25-22. Leading the pack with kills was Spencer with five in the first game and three in the second game. Schuette added five kills in the win. Elliott racked up the service points with a total of nine aces in the matchup.
The Jr. Hornettes then began play in the Winning For The Weihes Tournament, which was held on February 20. The Jr. Hornettes got off to a quick start in the tournament, defeating Oakdale 25-13, 25-14. Olivia Cook had two kills for Nashville, while Addi Gale notched one kill.
The Jr. Hornettes picked up their second win of the day, as they played their first three game match of the season. Nashville dropped the first game 25-15 before bouncing back to take the final two games 25-16, 15-8. Elliott led Nashville with three kills, followed by Spencer with two kills. Cook and Kinze Fox had one kill apiece in the match. Cook led the team with six aces in the contest, while Elliott had four aces. Sabrina Kollbaum finished with three aces, all of which came in game two. Schuette had two aces, and Elley Szopinski finished with one ace.
The Jr. Hornettes would then play their last game of the tournament against New Horizon. Nashville fought hard, but could not come away with the win, as New Horizon won 28-26, 25-22. Elliott led the team with six aces in the match, followed by Kollbaum and Szopinski with two aces apiece. Elliott also led the team with three kills in the matchup. Kollbaum notched two kills, while Cook and Spencer had one kill apiece.